THE Eastern Shore Croquet Club is now on par with interstate and international competition following the purchase of two sets of Qaudway hoops.
Made possible with grants from the Clarence City Council and Sport and Recreation Minor Grants program, the club is one of only a select few clubs in Tasmania to have the state-of-the-art equipment.
Eastern Shore Croquet Club president Pamela Hamilton said she envisaged the new hoops would be mandatory for major championships in the future.
“Quadway hoops are the latest development in hoops and are now being used in many of the mainland states and certainly in national competitions,” she said.
“These hoops remain firm in the ground thanks to a better design and more substantial ‘carrot’ (below ground portion of a croquet hoop), which is square in section, rather than round as the old style hoops.
“We have a team heading over to Adelaide this month for the interstate cup and these are the hoops they will be using, so we needed to get ourselves up-to-date.
“I expect every club in Tasmania will be using these hoops in the not to distant future.”
Ms Hamilton said the club was “very lucky” to have received two grants to cover the full cost of the hoops.
“We needed two sets of hoops to cover both of our lawns,” she said.
“We were absolutely delighted to receive funding and to show our appreciation, we hosted a special event that officially marked our acceptance of the hoops.”
In attendance was Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman and Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma, who each “ran a hoop” to mark the occasion.
Mrs Petrusma said she was delighted to deliver the grant funding through the Sport and Recreation Minor Grants program.
She said the club could now provide the best available equipment for members and, more importantly, for club, intrastate and interstate competitions.
“Like so many of our local sporting clubs, the Eastern Shore Croquet Club provides a great place to not only get fit, but also stay connected and socially active within the community,” she said.
The Eastern Shore Croquet Club now plans to find a new space so it can upgrade to four playing lawns.
For more information, contact the Eastern Shore Croquet Club on phone 6244 6663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caption: From left, Eastern Shore Croquet Club patron John Jacob, members Helen O’Neill and Diane Bealey, committee member Sue Pearson and club president Pamela Hamilton.